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February 12, 2020



Funding Opportunity Number:RUS-20-01-DLT 


Funding Opportunity Title: Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants


Expected Number of Awards:200


Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: Yes


Posted Date: Feb 10, 2020


Current Closing Date for Applications: Apr 10, 2020  


Estimated Total Program Funding:$71,700,000

Award Ceiling:$1,000,000


Eligible Applicants:

City or township governments
County governments
Small businesses
State governments
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Independent school districts
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Special district governments
For profit organizations other than small businesses
Private institutions of higher education


Authorized by 7 U.S.C. 950aaa, the DLT Program provides financial assistance to enable and improve distance learning and telemedicine services in rural areas. DLT grant funds support the use of telecommunications-enabled information, audio and video equipment, and related advanced technologies by students, teachers, medical professionals, and rural residents. These grants are intended to increase rural access to education, training, and health care resources that are otherwise unavailable or limited in scope.


The regulation for the DLT Program can be found at 7 CFR part 1734. All applicants should carefully review and prepare their applications according to instructions in the FY 2020 DLT Grant Program Application Guide (Application Guide) and program resources. This Application Guide can be found in this entry on grants.gov as well as at https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/distance-learning-telemedicine-grants. Expenses incurred in developing applications will be at the applicant’s own risk.


Approximately $71.7 million is available for funding opportunities under this FOA. Of that total, $12 million may only be used for telemedicine and distance learning projects to help address the opioid epidemic in rural America. An additional $9.4 million is intended for telemedicine projects that provide substance use disorder treatment services in rural areas. The remaining $50.3 million is available for all eligible projects.  Contact us for the full grant package

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